I've been using linux for about a week now, and am getting a pretty good handle on what I've encountered thus far; but I see people talking about compiling their kernel and whatnot, and just saying "compile your kernel" gives me a basic understanding of what it is. However- I haven't really learned why I would want to do that. Do I need to? What advantages would I have in doing it, and is it something that I (as a new user) should try. I've got a decent understanding of the console, have done alot of my work and play from it.
Also, approximately how long an operation is it?
Random question: I'm using Mandrake 9.0, dualbooting winxp with lilo, blah. How do I boot to the console instead of into X? Do I need to make a boot disk, or is it one of those vague options in the lilo boot menu? And one more: how do I archive files from the console? Say I want to compress the contents of a directory into a tarball.
Thanks. I've asked alot of questions on this forum the last week, and I greatly appreciate the helpful responses I have had.